Craig Finn is full of shit. Last June, after the late, great hometown post-punks Lifter Puller reunited at the Triple Rock, I wandered around the venue and passed Finn, the band's singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He and bandmate Tad Kubler had moved to New York a couple of years before, and amid the beery bonhomie that accompanied their reunion--Twin Cities fans reacquainted themselves with an almost equal number of expats who'd come home for the concerts--Finn was telling someone about his and Kubler's new band, the Hold Steady. "Oh, it's just a bar band," Finn said modestly. It was all I could do not to intercede. "No," I wanted to tell Finn's... More >>>